Many of us, myself included, are in the New England’s trap of workaholism, we are stuck in the cycle of not knowing when to say no, and there is no such thing as “ME” time anymore. As many of us struggle to keep ourselves in the forefront of this rat race called life, we seem to have become desensitized that this rat race is taking a huge toll not only on ourselves physically, but most importantly on our families. I know exactly what you’re response is going to be, “well I have bills to pay”, or “I’m trying to save up for…” I love making excuses just as much as the next person that struggles with this, but I’m here to say enough is enough. We need to take back our lives and our families and go old school; eat dinner together and fill your houses with laughter.
Okay it’s a great concept, but how do we accomplish taking back our lives? I like to associate this process with spring cleaning our physical houses.
1) De-clutter thyself; remove the distractions of life. Make it a point to shut off ALL electronics everyday at 6p, people can wait, the world will not stop turning if you miss an email or a text. You be in control!
2) Clean out the cobwebs of your mind; exercise is the most important thing to maintain a healthy life. Go for a 30 minute walk after dinner with the family, and be romantic, hold hands (duh). Walking or any other kind of exercise actually helps to de-stress and clear your mind.
3) Wash the windows to your heart; that’s right, our hearts should be like a crystal clear window, people should be able to see through and see you…the real you at all times. Listen, you’re an amazing person, and many people will be blessed to hang out with you when you’re real instead of trying to be someone you’re not. Now for those of us who struggle with self-acceptance and have a difficult time with this task, you gotta just start small, practice being honest instead of trying to say what you think others would want to hear. Be a great friend, be you, keep the window of your heart clean so people can see the beautiful you that you are.
4) Polish up the dull spots; this is my favorite one, it’s called a “spa day”…you deserve a little pampering every now and then. It’s not only the perfect way to straight up relax your body and mind – there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you. If you live in CT, you must try Green Lotus Salon and Wellness in Cromwell. http://www.greenlotussalonandwellness.com/home.htm.
5) Rest and Sleep; Nap-time is okay! Here are a couple of important reasons for sleep; sleep helps to repair your body, keeps your heart healthy, reduces stress, improves your memory, helps control body weight issues, reduces your chances of diabetes, reduces the occurrence of mood disorders just to name a few. Make sure you get eight to nine hours of sleep a night.
There you have it my friends, take care of yourselves and love each other. Don’t forget, if you need help spring cleaning your house be sure to contact maidorganic.com